Hey - I got this question from one of my clients, and quite frankly, I'm not sure of the best course of action. My thoughts were to let them grow for at least a season, and then to begin pruning them into 'shape'. The actual question from the client is below. Anyone been through this with a magnolia before? Thanks- "Hi there ! I have a tree question. You might remember that we had 3 of the small magnolia trees on the side of our yard. By all appearances, they were casualties of the drought last summer. Not being able to dig them up, Buck cut them down to small stumps. Well....lo & behold, the stumps began to sprout! Now they look like small magnolia shrubs. Is there a way that I should be pruning or training them to have a trunk of some sort? Or should I just leave them alone? THANKS."